Swearing in other cultures (was Langmaker.com and...)
|From:||Damian Yerrick <tepples@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, March 2, 2005, 22:14|
"Roger Mills" <rfmilly@...> wrote:
> Someone commented that what's obscene (or just merely insulting) would
> depend on the conculture. And I suspect many of of have overlooked that--I
> know I have, in many cases, and ought to devote more thought to gettingaway
> from the defecatory/sexual obscenities that _we_ consider so horrible. I
> wonder if it's a Judaeo-Christian (+Islamic) thing...:-))
> Any comments about other cultures/traditions? nat- as well as con-??
A lot of Dutch swearing is reportedly based on diseases such as pox,
TB, cancer, pleurisy, and the like, rather than religion, reproduction,
or elimination of waste.
I too would like to know what other cultures consider profane/obscene.